8 Weeks To Go – Our Plans

Our Fun Palace will be taking place on 1st October across the historic Boundary Estate’s courtyards and in St. Hilda’s East Community Centre. There will be a Community Knowledge courtyard where community groups can share their local knowledge and skills from a market style area, and where talks and workshops will be held beside a venerable old tree, a Growers Space will have stalls, talks and workshops on flower, fruits and vegetable growing. In the Games Zone there’ll be a chance to play and learn carrom, chess and draughts, share traditional outdoor and playground games, listen to stories and watch a puppet show. Vallance FC will be organising various trials and matches in the sports court. In St. Hilda’s there will be wide range of talks and activities ranging from learning about local history and science, singing, workshops with a trained pastry chef and crafts experts, there’ll be two food areas serving refreshments, lunches and tea and cakes, and a stall selling all manner of books based on the east end.

We are still looking for people to help us make the Fun Palace so if you are, or you know, computer coders, musicians, storytellers or puppeteers who would be prepared to give some time to us please get in touch. We would also like to borrow gazebos, trestle tables, deckchairs, folding tables and folding chairs for chess, draughts and carrom. If you can help with any of this, or you’d like help make the Boundary Estate Fun Palace, please email boundaryfunpalace@gmail.com

Illustration: Emily Medley

Don’t forget that we’re showing Wendy Richardson’s documentary ‘In the Company of Joan’ at Rich Mix on Monday 12 September to help raise funds for our Fun Palace and the East End Women’s Museum. Find out more here.

We’re still in the process of planning for 1st October, we’ve got meetings pencilled in to finalise some plans and are waiting to hear from some possible participants, but here’s the line up so far…

Individual Participants:

Polly George – Pottery Workshops

Dan Jones – Art Workshop

Roger Mills – Writing Workshop

Heather Ridley-Moran – Fabric & Wool Crafts Workshop

Deb Scott – Print Making

Nadia Valman – ‘A Child of the Jago’ Walk & Talk

Tower Hamlets Wheelers – Cycle advice, maintenance and fun.

Vallance FC – Sports trials and matches

Women’s Environmental Network – Vegetable and flower growing workshops and advice.

Libraries, Museums and Universities:

Bishopsgate Institute – Event to be confirmed

East-End Women’s Museum – East-End Suffragettes Talk

London Metropolitan Archives – Event to be confirmed

Queen Mary University of London – Event to be confirmed

Community Supporters:

Boundary Estate Community Launderette

Film Office

London Borough of Tower Hamlets – Community Payback & Volunteering

Rich Mix

Tower Hamlets Homes

Local Business Supporters:

Albion & Boundary

Brick Lane Bookshop


Illustration: Emily Medley



Joan Littlewood Documentary Screening – 12th September

East End Women’s Museum and Boundary Estate Fun Palace are pleased to present ‘In the Company of Joan‘ at Rich Mix on Monday 12th September at 7.30pm.

In the company of Joan Logo - credit Wendy Richardson

The documentary will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Wendy Richardson, and special guests who knew and worked with Joan Littlewood.

Wendy Richardson’s wonderful documentary takes a look at the influence theatre director Joan Littlewood had on working class actors and audiences alike. It covers her early days touring Northern communities with Ewan McColl through to the Theatre Royal Stratford East years, and the work with young people in the East End of London.

Joan Littlewood photo credit PA

Tickets are free with donations at the event for East End Women’s Museum  and Boundary Estate Fun Palace, many thanks to Rich Mix for their support in enabling this event to take place. Reserve your seats here!

Boundary Estate Fun Palace will take place on 1st October and is part of the nationwide Fun Palaces weekend on 1st & 2nd October.



A Quick Update…

It’s been a while since we last blogged but we’ve been busy listening to what people on the Boundary want at their Fun Palace, and we’ve already managed to get some great people, groups and organisations on board to help make our estate the place to be and create some superb experiences we’ll all be talking about long after the event. October 1st seems a long way off but we’ve got some great locations and live right in the middle of an arts and sciences powerhouse so we need to make the most of the time to make our Fun Palace brilliant!

Already we’ve got quite a few things confirmed. Local artist Dan Jones will be sharing his skills and energy to get people drawing, painting and making portraits – even if they’ve never done it before, whilst Wapping potter Polly George will be making ceramicists out of everyone who wants to turn their hand to throwing clay. Cable Street writer Roger Mills will make words flow with ease as he shares the tricks of the trade with style and humour, and If you’ve ever wanted to turn your hand to printing Deb Scott will guide you through the basics.

Stef Dickers of the Bishopsgate Institute will be sharing his unrivalled local historical knowledge and show how to make a visual record of the ever-changing local landscape through photography. The Cable Street Group will be on hand to share their knowledge on the history of the ‘Battle of Cable Street’ whose 80th anniversary falls just a few days after the Fun Palace and will be commemorated at a major event on 9th October. We’ll also be joined be the London Metropolitan Archives who hold a huge amount of fantastic records of history of the Boundary Estate, Britain’s first planned council estate, and the truth about the now infamous Old Nichol it was built on.

There’ll be the chance to stretch your vocal cords and find your voice with Tower Hamlets Sing – even if you think you’re not the singing sort. The Women’s Environment Network will share tips on gardening, growing and making the most of our surroundings, and Tower Hamlets Wheelers will be showing how to get the best out of your bike.

Phew! But we’ve only just started…

We’d love to hear from you and find out what you want at your Fun Palace. We’re talking to many other people at local arts groups, cookery clubs, music groups, drama clubs, gardening groups, science organisations and sports clubs. Join in, be a Fun Palace maker with us, anyone who lives on or near the Boundary Estate is welcome. You can email us, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, links are on the right of the page.

Tower Hamlets Homes are letting us use the courtyards, we’re taking over St. Hilda’s and Tower Hamlets Council are helping us find volunteers to make sure the day runs smoothly. The brilliant folk at Rich Mix are letting us have use of the main venue space for an evening in September- we’ll keep you posted on what we’ll be doing there!

Illustration by Emily Medley